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Wed
27
May

HB819 to Make Medical Marijuana More Widely Available Goes to Full Senate

HB819 to Make Medical Marijuana More Widely Available Goes to Full Senate

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-1 Wednesday May 20, in favor of HB819, a bill to make medical marijuana more widely available.

The bill would make the drug more accessible by lifting regulations that require doctors to register with the state to be able recommend it and that limit its use to patients with certain diseases.

Under the bill, any state-licensed physician could recommend medical marijuana for the treatment of many health conditions. The bill, written by Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, had already been approved by the House and now goes to the full Senate.

 

 

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Wed
27
May

BESE Appoints Cade Brumley State Superintendent; Contract Negotiations Next Step in Process

BESE Appoints Cade Brumley State Superintendent; Contract Negotiations Next Step in Process

On May 20, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) appointed Dr. Cade Brumley to be the new State Superintendent of Education. The Board voted 8-3 to appoint Dr. Brumley from three candidates nominated during deliberations at today’s meeting. BESE appoints the position by a two-thirds vote of its total membership. Brumley will replace John White, who resigned earlier this year.

“As a Louisiana native, I am extremely honored to be selected by a student-friendly BESE,” said Dr. Brumley. “Louisiana may not be the largest state in the union but we have a big table for collaboration. I look forward to bringing people together to collectively move our state forward. We are primed for continued improvement, drawing on successes of the past and the promise for our future. I will fight for our children, families, and communities each day - they deserve our best.”

Wed
27
May

Mansfield Chapter of NAUW Names 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Mansfield Chapter of NAUW Names 2020 Scholarship Recipients
Mansfield Chapter of NAUW Names 2020 Scholarship Recipients
Mansfield Chapter of NAUW Names 2020 Scholarship Recipients

National Association of University Women (NAUW) Mansfield Branch is proud to announce our 2020 scholarship recipients. They are Jeleal Samuels ($1000), Aaliyah Ford ($500), and Mia Wilson ($300).

All three young ladies were selected based on their diverse resumes, impressive two-page biographical sketches, and outstanding teacher letter of recommendations.

Jeleal Samuels of Mansfield High School is a member of the Lady Wolverines Basketball Team, FBLA, National Honor Society, and Children of Destiny Youth Group. Samuels plans to attend Northwestern State University to become a physical therapist.

 

 

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Wed
27
May

Campbell Says Virus Makes Internet Essential Service for LA

Campbell Says Virus Makes Internet Essential Service for LA

The big shift to homebased work and schooling during the coronavirus means Louisiana more than ever needs to bring internet service to all parts of the state, according to Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

“Nothing is more important for rural parts of our state than high-speed internet,” Campbell said. “It’s just like the telephone used to be before we had telephones.”

Louisiana is in line to receive an estimated $600 million in federal government aid over the next 10 years to spread broadband to “unserved and underserved” rural areas. Campbell said the aid is coming from the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.

 

 

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Wed
20
May

Rep. Kenny Cox Chosen to Rural Caucus Leadership Position

Rep. Kenny Cox Chosen to Rural Caucus Leadership Position

The 63-member Louisiana Rural Caucus has elected Representative Kenny Cox of Mansfield to serve as Secretary/Treasurer.

The group elected Rep. Chris Turner of Ruston to serve as Chairman for 2020-2021 and Rep. Rhonda Butler of Ville Platte to serve as Vice Chairman.

The Chairman appointed seven caucus members to serve as officers on the Rural Caucus Executive Committee.

 

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Wed
20
May

Russell Tabor Named North DeSoto Elementary Principal

Russell Tabor Named North DeSoto Elementary Principal

Russell Tabor has been named principal of North DeSoto Elementary School, effective July 1. Tabor has worked in the district for 12 years, serving as an assistant principal at North DeSoto High School for the last 7 years. Before that, he worked at North DeSoto Lower Elementary School as a first grade teacher and master teacher, and in Claiborne Parish as an elementary teacher.

Wed
20
May

Gov. Edwards: LA Moves to Phase One on May 15; Stay at Home Order Lifted for Louisianans

Gov. Edwards: LA Moves to Phase One on May 15; Stay at Home Order Lifted for Louisianans

Louisiana moved to Phase One under the White House COVID-19 guidance on Friday, May 15, which removes the Stay at Home order for Louisianans and allows additional businesses to open under strict occupancy, protection and social distancing guidelines, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday. High risk individuals should continue to stay at home, except for essential activities, like getting food or medical care.

Gov. Edwards outlined the first phase of the Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana, which adopts every major recommendation of the White House plan in Phase One. The Governor also highlighted data that shows that the Stay at Home order improved Louisiana’s overall situation in relation to new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Wed
20
May

MHS Teacher Nakia Graham Named Semi-Finalist for Louisiana Teacher of the Year

MHS Teacher Nakia Graham Named Semi-Finalist for Louisiana Teacher of the Year

DeSoto Parish Schools is proud to announce that Nakia Graham, teacher at Mansfield High School, has been named a Louisiana State Semi Finalist for Teacher of the Year.

Nakia graduated from Mansfield High School in 2012, and in her valedictorian address, she boldly professed, “The next time I walk the halls of MHS, it will be as a teacher!” After finishing her degree at Northwestern State University in 2016, Nakia did return to MHS to fulfill her promise.

 

 

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Wed
13
May

City of Mansfield, Walmart #509 Team Up with eTrueNorth to Offer Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site

City of Mansfield, Walmart #509 Team Up with eTrueNorth to Offer Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site

A COVID-19 drivethru testing site is opening Friday, May 15 in the Walmart parking lot located at 7292 Hwy #509 in Mansfield. The site is supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials to test anyone who meets CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high risk groups without symptoms. Those interested in being tested need to visit www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com to see if eligible for testing and to make an appointment.

Wed
13
May

Rosie Mayweather Sworn-In as DPSB Representative for District 11

Rosie Mayweather Sworn-In as DPSB Representative for District 11

On May 6, Judge Charles B. Adams administered the Oath of Office to Rosie R. Mayweather as the new representative for District 11 with the DeSoto Parish School Board.

During a special session on April 23, 2020 the DPSB unanimously approved the appointment of Mrs. Mayweather to fill the vacancy created by the death of her husband, L. J. Mayweather, Jr.

At that meeting Mrs. Mayweather said that she looked forward to serving her community and completing what her husband started.

 

 

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